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Flemons "Doing Fine" with Dylan

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 – Dom Flemons' new version of Bob Dylan's "Guess I'm Doing Fine," featuring special guest Sam Bush, is debuting today.

Flemons, who will release the CD "Traveling Wildfire" March 24 on Smithsonian Folkways Redcordings said, "The song's powerful lyrics about resilience in the face of insurmountable odds have resonated with me since I first heard it on CD 20 years ago. After cutting 'Guess I'm Doing Fine,' I realized that it would be cool to add a fiddle part to pull out the strains of bluegrass that I found in the song's structure. I am so fortunate and grateful that my friend Sam Bush was available to add his fiddle to this lively track and bring some of that old-timey flavor to it."

"Guess I'm Doing Fine" is the second track unveiled from Flemons' new album with "Slow Dance With You" already out. Produced by Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucero) and recorded at Los Angeles' Kingsize Soundlabs, the disc contains 15 songs.

Flemons will tour through this spring with upcoming shows at Hollywood's Troubadour, Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum, Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, New York's Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Cambridge's Club Passim, Philadelphia's World Café Live and Washington, D.C.'s President Lincoln's Cottage (two nights).

Flemons said, "Traveling Wildfire is not only a statement of my personal travel experiences, but also a metaphor for rebirth in the wake of destruction. It reminded me that the album is in its own way a statement about emerging from the depths of uncertainty to find a new relevance during this unprecedented moment in modern history. At the same time, the image of the traveling wildfire reminded me of how music and stories can travel from generation to generation bringing important lessons from the past into the present and the future."

In addition to Flemons (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, drums, percussion, electric bass, electric guitar, quills) and Hutt (guitar, electric bass), the record also features David Hidalgo of Los Lobos (drums), Marc Orrell (pump organ, bells) and Matt Pynn (pedal steel) as well as special guest appearances by Bush and James Fearnley (of The Pogues).

The former member of Carolina Chocolate Drops has released five solo records to date, including 2018's Grammy-nominated "Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys,."

The track list is:
1. Slow Dance With You
2. Dark Beauty
3. If You Truly Love Me
4. Traveling Wildfire
5. It's Cold Inside
6. We Are Almost Down To The Shore
7. Nobody Wrote It Down
8. Saddle It Around
9. Big Money Blues
10. Old Desert Road
11. Rabbit Foot Rag
12. Tough Luck
13. Song To JCB
14. Guess I'm Doing Fine (feat. Sam Bush)
15. Songster Revival (feat. James Fearnley)

Tour dates are
March 18 – Urbana, IL – Rose Bowl Tavern
March 23—Flagstaff, AZ—Coconino Center for the Arts
March 24—Phoenix, AZ—Musical Instrument Museum
April 1—Davis, CA—Mondavi Center
April 19—Berkeley, CA—Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse*
April 22—West Hollywood, CA—Troubadour*
April 25—Lubbock, TX—Cactus Theater
April 27—Wilkesboro, NC—MerleFest 2023
April 29—Mars Hill, NC—Mars Hill University
May 5—Ferndale, MI—Magic Bag
May 16—New York, NY—Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
May 18—Cambridge, MA—Club Passim
May 19—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live
May 20-21—Washington, DC—President Lincoln's Cottage
June 3—Brevard, NC—North Carolina Guitar Celebration Concert
June 17—St. Augustine, FL—The Waterworks Building
June 23—Columbia, SC—Columbia Museum of Art
* with Dustbowl Revival

CD reviews for Dom Flemons

CD review - Traveling Wildfire Nearly two decades ago, Dom Flemons emerged on the folk and roots music scene as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The band highlighted the fact that the old time music of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains regions was not entirely lily white and featured substantial contributions from highly skilled black musicians such as fiddler Joe Thompson and his cousin, banjo player Odell Thompson. Flemons struck out on his own a decade or so ago, and though hampered for several years ...
CD review - Black Cowboys As a co-founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons was influential in keeping old-time string music alive for a new generation of music fans. With his latest solo outing, his first for the revered Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label, Flemons brings to light the underappreciated music and cultural contributions of African Americans as the country expanded to the west. With the 18-song collection "Black Cowboys," Flemons, a music scholar and historian, delves into ...

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